Epidemiology Division
Cancer and Radiation Epidemiology Unit
Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit
The Women and Children's Health Research Unit
Psychosocial Aspects of Health
Research Projects
Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Born in Argentina and immigrated to Israel in 1966, served as a sociologist in the Israeli Air Force flight school, and since 1975 works as an investigator of health systems.  He holds a Ph.D. in Public Health.

Professional studies include Sociology, Epidemiology and Public Administration.

He has been working as a senior researcher at the Gertner Institute since its foundation in 1991.

Currently, he heads the Division of Psychosocial Aspects of Health at the Gertner Institute.

His research interests focus on psychosocial and cultural aspects of health and illness, on the social facets of health policy and the organization of health care, and investigation of public opinion on health issues.

Publications 2012

Velan B, Boyko V, Lerner-Geva L, Ziv A, Yagar Y, Kaplan G. Individualism Acceptance and Differentiation as Attitude Traits in the Public's Response to Vaccination. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics. 2012; 8-9: 1-11.


Glasser S, Tanous M, Shihab S, Goldman N, Ziv A, Kaplan G. Perinatal Depressive Symptoms Among Arab Women in Northern Israel. Health J. 2012; 16:1197-1205.


Publications 2011

Golan O, Hansen P, Kaplan G, Tal O. Health Technology Prioritization: Which criteria for prioritizing new technologies, and what are their relative weights? Health Policy. 2011; 102: 126-135.


Velan B, Kaplan G, Ziv A, Boyko V, Lerner-Geva L. Major motives in non acceptance of A/H1N1 flu vaccination: The weight of rational assessment. Vaccine. 2011; 29:1173-1179.


Shvarts Sh, Golan O, Kaplan G. Equal or 'More Equal' than Others - Key Aspects of the Concept of Equality in Health Services in the Jewish Community of Pre-state Israel. The Journal of Medicine and Law (in Hebrew). 2011; 44: 10-25.


Publications 2010

Kaplan G, Glasser S, Atamna A, Alpert G, Goldbourt U, Kalter-Leibovici O. Depression among Arabs and Jews in Israel: A population-based study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2010; 45: 931-939.


Soskolne V, Kaplan G, Ben-Shahar I, Stanger V, Auslander G. Social work discharge planning in acute care hospitals in Israel: clients' evaluation of the discharge planning process and adequacy. Research on Social Work Practice. 2010; 368-379: 20.


Baron-Epel O, Kaplan G, Moran M. Perceived discrimination and health-related quality of life among Arabs and Jews in Israel: A population-based study. BMC Public Health. 2010; 10: 282.


Baron-Epel O, Kaplan G, Weinstein R, Green MS. Extreme and acquiescence bias in a bi-ethnic population The European Journal of Public Health 2010; 20(5): 543-548.


Publications 2009

Dankner R, Geulayov G, Olmer L, Kaplan G. Undetected type 2 diabetes mellitus in elderly adults. Age and Ageing. 2009; 38: 56-62.


Baron-Epel O, Kaplan G. Can subjective and objective socioeconomic status explain minority health disparities in Israel. Social Science & Medicine. 2009; 69: 1460-1467.


Glasser S, Kaplan G, Zimmerman P, Weiss. Postpartum Depression: Early Identification in Israeli Primary Health Clinics. Israel Journal of Psychiatry. 2009; 42:(1) 46.


Publications until 2009

Gal G, Kaplan G, Gross R, Levav I. Status Inconsistency and Common Mental Disorders in the Israel-based World Mental Health Survey. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2008; 43(12): 999-1003.


Guttman N, Shalev C, Kaplan G, Abulafia A, Bin-Nun G, Goffer R, Ben-Moshe R, Tal O, Shani M, Lev B. What should be given a priority - costly medications for relatively few people or inexpensive ones for many? The Health Parliament public consultation initiative in Israel. Health Expectations. 2008; 11: 177-188.


Kaplan G, Baron-Epel O. The lay definition of health and sickness. Social Issues in Israel (in Hebrew). 2008; 5: 138-152.


Auslander G, Soskolne V, Stanger V, Ben-Shahar I, Kaplan G. Discharge Planning in Acute Care Hospitals in Israel: Services Planned and Levels of Implementation and Adequacy. Health and Social Work. 2008; 33(3): 178-188.


Mizrahi I, Kaplan G, Milshtein E, Reshef B, Ben Baruch G. Coping simultaneously with two stressors: Immigrants with ovarian cancer. Cancer Nursing. 2008; 31(2): 126-133.


Kaplan G, Fraimovich M, Sicron F. Adolescents health status: new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Israelis born. Harefuah. 2007; 146(6): 420-424 (in Hebrew).


Shalev C, Kaplan G, Guttman N. Information on Rights of the Insured under the Israel National Health Insurance Law: What Does the Public Know? In: Ben-Nun G, Offer G (Eds). The First Decade of the National Health Insurance Law 1995-2005Tel Hashomer: The Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Reacherch, (in Hebrew) August 2006.


Baron-Epel O, Kaplan G, Haviv-Messika A, Tarabia J, Green M, Nizan-Kaluski D. Self reported health as a cultural health determinant in Arab and Jewish Israelies. Social Science and Medicine. 2005; 61: 1256-1266.


Kaplan G. Biomedicine, Examples of Social Science Methods Used in. In: Encyclopedia of Social Measurement. Kempf-Leonard K (Ed). Elsevier, Academic Press. San Diego, CA.: 2005.


Kaplan G. Book review: Health expectations for older women: international perspectives. Laditka SB (Ed); The Haworth Press Inc, New York, 2002; 196pp. Social Science and Medicine. 2004; 59: 886-887.


Kaplan G, Baron-Epel O. What lies behind the subjective evaluation of health status? Social Science and Medicine. 2003; 56: 1669-1676.


Kaplan G, Shoham-VardiI. School Injury (Chap. 6). In: Shemer J, Barell V (Eds.) Injury in Israel (in Hebrew). Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Pres 2002.


Baron-Epel O, Kaplan G. Self-reported Health Status of Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel. Israel Medical Association Journal (IMAJ). 2001; 3 (12): 940-946.


Dankner R, Kaplan G, Barell V. A Survey of Sports Injuries Among a Convenience Sample of Israeli Athletes. Israel Medical Association Journal (IMAJ). 2001; 3: 508-510.


Baron-Epel O, Kaplan G. General Subjective Health Status or Age-Related Subjective Health Status: Does It Make a Difference? Social Science and Medicine. 2001; 53: 1373-1381.


Epstein J, Kaplan G, Lavi B, Noy S, Ben Shahar I, Shahaf P, Stanger V, Rotstein Z. A Description of Inappropriate Hospital Stays in Selected Inpatient Services: Study of Cases Receiving Social Work Services. Social Work in Health Care. 2001; 32: 43-65.


Peles E, Barell V, Boyko V, Ziv A, Kaplan G. Brain Injury (TBI): The National (Trauma Registry. Harefuah. 2001; 140:381-385 (in Hebrew).


Lusky A, Lubin F, Barell V, Kaplan G, Layani V, Lev B, Weiner M. Body Mass Index in 17 Year old Israeli Males of Different Ethnic Backgrounds; National or Ethnic Specific References? International Journal of Obesity. 2000; 24: 88-92.


Linder N, Sirota L, Snapir A, Eisen I, Davidovitch N, Kaplan G, Barzilai A. Parental Knowledge of the Treatment of Fever in Children. Israel Medical Association Journal (IMAJ). 1999; 1(3): 158-160.


Blum A, Kaplan G, Vardinon N, Yust I, Burke M, Laniado S, Miller H. Serum Amyloid Type A may be a Predictor of Restinosis. Clin. Cardiol. 1998; 21: 655-658.

Goldman R, Kaplan G, Gurvich R, Barell V. Drowning in Israel - 1990-1992. Harefuah (in Hebrew). 1998; 134: 576-580.


Blum A, Vardinon N, Kaplan G, Laniado S, Yust I, Burk M, Miller H. Autoimmune and Inflamatory Responses May Have an Additive Effect in Postpercutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty Restenosis. Am J of Cardiology. 1998; 81: 339-341.


Lusky A, Barell V, Shohat Z, Kaplan G, Wiener M. Height and Social Class in Male Adolescents from Different Ethnic Backgrounds in Israel. Israel Journal of Medical Sciences. 1997; 33: 117-122.


Lusky A, Barell V, Lubin F, Kaplan G, Layani V, Lev B, Wiener M. Relationship between Morbidity and Extreme Values of Body Mass Index in Adolescents. Int J of Epidemiology. 1996; 25: 829-834.


Cwikel J, Kaplan G, Barell V. Falls and Subjective Health Rating Among the Elderly: Evidence from Two Israeli Samples. Social Science & Medicine. 1990; 31: 485-490.


Kaplan G, Barell V, Lusky A. Subjective State of Health and Survival in Elderly Adults. J Gerontology. 1988; 43:114-120.


Barell V, Kaplan G. Health in the Elderly: The Kiryat Ono Census. Isr J Med Sci. 1985; 21:254-259.


Barell V, Kaplan G. Ethnic Differences Among the Aged. Gerontology
(in Hebrew)
. 1982; 23:25-37.